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Books I Want from BEA 2012

June 10, 2012

First of all, why didn’t anyone tell me Deborah Harkness was going to be at BEA, signing copies of Shadow of Night, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches? Totally missed the chance to gush at her, and get my hands on the book.

I grabbed this list from EarlyWord, an outstanding website for librarians to find out about new book titles. I think if I stuck to this, and to ReadingRants, I might never need a book recommendation again. But then, there’s always GoodReads and Twitter and the nice books in the mail…. I’ll never catch up on my TBR pile.

The whole list from the librarian panel at BEA is here, but these jumped out at me:

**The Absolutist by John Boyne, Other Press, 7/10/12 — for fans of Downton Abbey.  Everything about this sounds like it might come close to scratching the Night Circus itch.

The Stockholm Octavo, by Karen Engelmann. Also good for the Night Circus magic-and-historical-fiction feel.

Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World, by Alistair Lawrence, Bloomsbury USA, 10/16/12

The Yard, by Alex Grecian. I’ve heard a good bit about this… Buzz panel called it “The Victorian version of Rush Hour.” Yes please!

John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk, Grove Press, 8/13/12. Historical fiction with foodie-ness. Yes.

Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson, Perseus/Basic Books, 10/9/12 A social history of cutlery!!!

**Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan, Macmillan/FSG. 10/2 — Night Circus meetsShadow of the Wind, and they both wave hello toReady Player One” says Kaite Stover, of my beloved but unseen Kansas City Library. I’m in!

**The Art Forger: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro, Workman/Algonquin Books, 10/23/12 — eGalley on NetGalley. Heard this at two different buzz panels, and I still don’t know what it’s about entirely… but it seems promising.

Up Jumps the Devil by Michael Poore, HarperCollins/Ecco, 7/3/12. A sort of Robert Johnson rock and Devil thing, sounds promising.

My Berlin Kitchenby Luisa Weiss, Penguin/Viking, 9/13/12. Chef memoir.

Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, Thomas J. Craughwell, Quirk, 9/18/12 Oh my god, need I say MORE?

**Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews, Penguin/Riverhead, 7/5/12  It’s an easy sell. All you need to say is,”There was no CIA in 1939.  JFK travels to Europe to research his Harvard senior thesis (which he actually did); Franklin Roosevelt asks him to gather intelligence on what the Nazis are up to.”

**Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn, Harper, 10/16/12. As in, the Queen of England.

And from another buzz panel:

Telegraph Avenue– Michael Chabon. Because Michael Chabon.

Games Primates Play– Dario Maestripieri. Perseus Books. Social anthropology with a dash of primate anthropology. I am predictable.

Swim: Why We Love The Water. Lynn Sherr. Perseus. Social history of swimming. I’m still predictable.

We Can All Do Better– Bill Bradley. Perseus. Because he could write a racecar manual and I would read it.

Island Practice– Pam Belluck. Perseus. A doctor on Nantucket. Small-town medical memoir with quirky characters. I’m predictable.

Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball and America Forever. Tim Wendel. Perseus. I’d read it, but so would people like Dad and Jaye.

The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless ’70s. Kevin Cook. W.W. Norton. A solid maybe…

The Purple Shroud- Stella Duffy. Sequel to Theodora: Actress, Empress Whore.

The Bridge– Karen Kingsbury. Simon and Schuster. A sweet friendship story set in a bookstore. Yes!

Iain Banks has a new literary fiction one, but I”m not sure grad school leaves me with the brainpower to handle it.

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  1. June 10, 2012 10:18 am

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